Harbourwalk Poem W070

Road to the lighthouse –
Reflecting off the water –
And road to the ship –
Not as nice as mangåta –
But there is no moon tonight




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Mangåta is the Swedish word for the word for the elongated reflection of the moon on waters as the moon is rising, so that it looks like there is a road to the moon on that water.

There’s a lighthouse on George’s Island in Halifax which produces a similar reflection to it at night. And there was a cruise ship half a mile or so away that was doing the same thing with its brightly lit front. Neither was as nice as the moon’s reflection, if there were a moon, but both were highly visible because of a lack of a moon.

The W-series poems comprise mostly of haiku or tanka composed during walks I took on the portion of Halifax’s waterfront known as the Harbourwalk, in 2018, when the Seabridge was in place.


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